Nestled on Clark Lake in the heart of Minnesota vacationland, Minnesota Hockey Camps welcomes home hundreds of campers every summer. From young, eager skaters learning the basics of passing the puck, to established NHL all-stars training in the off-season—the camp swells with passion. Longtime NHL scout & executive Chuck ‘Gringo’ Grillo & Miracle-on-ice coach Herb Brooks had the idea to start the camp back in 1976 with a simple purpose in mind: kids have to prepare themselves for the future. Whether or not that’s a future in hockey, Minnesota Hockey Camps has a way of helping kids discover a newfound level of boldness and courage. There is an empowering culture here as soon as you walk on the grounds.
MN Hockey Camps has witnessed more than 500 players move on to the NHL. The walls at the camp are filled with photographs of success stories in hockey and in life. From TJ Oshie to Scott Hartnell, to an Air Force One pilot to doctors and lawyers—the Nisswa, Minn., camp has been an important step for many during their lifetime.
Dean and Carrie Grillo, Owners
Dean is a former player in the San Jose Sharks system. He is currently working as a player agent with O2K Worldwide Management.
Dean and Carrie have a daughter named Piper (9). She enjoys being a part of the camps during the summer and is an avid downhill skier.
What camp would be complete without a mascot? Gigi is our lovable camp dog and is quickly making a reputation for herself.
Dan Germundson, Hockey Director
Dan oversees hockey operations and helps with administrative duties. Dan is a former high school educator, hockey coach and MN Hockey Camps coach of 20 years. He has experience coaching all age levels and a background in Exercise Science. Dan has a passion for teaching and developing hockey players.
Dan and his wife Stacy live in the Nisswa area and have two children, Gaje (11), and Ellen (8).